A WTO in crisis – but not at breaking point

World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) dispute settlement body suspended

The development marks the crumbling of a pillar of the multilateral trading order. What does this mean for cooperation between states?
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Geneva Barometer

Developments in the Geneva-based international organizations between May and July 2019

In the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the International Labour Organization, numerous heads of states and governments came to Geneva.
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72nd World Health Assembly (WHA)

Crises, controversies, „milestones“

The 72nd World Health Assembly (WHA) took place from May 20th to 28th, 2019 in Geneva against the background of diverse developments.
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Präsident des Europäischen Parlaments hielt 11. Europa-Rede

David Sassoli: „Die Seele des Europaprojekts neu entdecken“

Über die europäische Krisenbewältigung in der Corona-Pandemie, mehr europäisches Regieren und die Konferenz über die Zukunft Europas sprach Sassoli am Montagabend in Berlin.
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Schweiz-EU-Beziehungen auf dem Prüfstand

Abstimmung über Initiative der SVP – Droht Ende der Personenfreizügigkeit?

Der 27. September ist großer Abstimmungssonntag in der Schweiz: Beim Votum über die sogenannte "Begrenzungsinitiative" geht es um die Zukunft der Personenfreizügigkeit.
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Genfer Depesche – Blickpunkt WTO

Aktuelle Entwicklungen zum Rennen um den Posten des WTO-Generaldirektors

Nachfolge-Suche für einen neuen WTO-Generaldirektor: Am 18. September wurde der Kandidatenkreis von 8 auf 5 reduziert – ob es bis Anfang November eine Einigung gibt, ist offen.
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The new composition of the UN Human Rights Council as of 1 January 2021

Map of the Month 10/2020

On 13 October, the UN General Assembly elected 15 new member states for a period of 3 years (2021-23) into the UN Human Rights Council that consists of 47-member states. Candidates are nominated by 5 regional groups that often do not allow for selection ("clean slate"). Only the Asia Pacific group allowed for selection: China was elected, but with an all-time low of 139 votes; with only 90 votes Saudi Arabia did not make it at all. Russia and Cuba are among the newly elected members as well.

Countries participating in the COVAX Facility

Map of the Month 09/2020

To ensure a fair and equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to all countries, over 170 countries have joined forces since June 2020 to form the so-called “COVAX Facility”. The goal is to procure around two billion doses of vaccines by the end of 2021. COVAX is co-led by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI). COVAX is the first procurement programme for COVID-19 vaccines that is open to all countries. The initiative allows 92 low-income countries access to vaccines funded by development aid. Other participating countries are so-called self-financing countries of higher-income countries, which support the mechanism with additional funds. Germany joined the COVAX – initiative via the EU. The following map depicts the countries that joined the initiative so far (as of September 28).

The Humanitarian Response to COVID-19

Map of the Month 08/2020

Even before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 was already being regarded as the year of the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II. Millions of people are now in danger of losing their livelihoods and of falling into poverty. The Global Humanitarian Response Plan COVID-19 (GHRP) provides an overview of the additional humanitarian requirements of all UN agencies in the context of the pandemic. Since the publication of its first edition at the end of March that asked for $2 billion for 54 countries, the requirements were strongly revised upwards within a couple of weeks. Currently, the total requirements for a total of 63 countries stand at $10.31 billion until the end of the year. So far (as of August 18) only $ 2.19 billion have been received. Experts warn that development gains of several decades are at stake if not more than the 20% that have been made available until now are provided soon. So far the US is the largest donor (with more than 100 times the amount provided by China), followed by Japan and Germany.

Criticism and support for China in the Human Rights Council

Map of the Month 07/2020

In the framework of the 44th Human Rights Council in Geneva, 27 countries supported a UK-led joint statement which heavily criticized China's actions in Xinjiang and the controversial national security law for Hongkong. However, a statement by 46 countries, led by Belarus, dismissed criticism towards China regarding Xinjiang. Another statement, presented by Cuba and backed by 53 countries defended the national security law for Hongkong. The following map illustrates which countries supported the respective statements.

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